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Published August 24th 2016
North Indian homestyle cooking to try again and again
Harvest of India is located on Carlton Road, a short distance from the main street of Murray Street in the centre of Gawler. It has built up a good reputation over the years. I returned to this restaurant after a year or so and can report the food is better than ever. I went with a group of friends and not one person complained of their meal. All said it was a great night out for a get together. They cater well here to groups with a few long tables towards the back. It can get a little cold in winter with the takeaway food customers coming in and out of the front door. It is a cosy little restaurant and has seating for two and four.
Harvest of India in Gawler, north of Adelaide, Image by Out and About.
Quick service at Harvest of India. Image by Out and About.
We started with cocktails. A traditional mango lassi, a yoghurt based fruit drink is a good start. You can have also have one made with vodka. Scanning the menu takes a long time as there are many choices with mains in sections of various meat choices, rice dishes and vegetarian. All the selections are marked 'mild', 'medium' and 'hot' which makes things a lot easier. I shared an entrée of vegetarian pakora; small chick pea balls similar to falafel. These were delicious and certainly did awaken my appetite for more.
All your favourites are here such as butter chicken and rogan josh, but many more tasty dishes you may not know of. My friends were adventurous and made a wide selection from the menu. Amazingly the mains were all served at once and we all tucked in together. Everything looked like a feast on the table served in the small copper dishes with the bright saffron rice and saucy meals. There are a variety of traditional Indian breads, which can be ordered to accompany your meal, such as roti and naan bread.
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This restaurant makes traditional North Indian cuisine with a tandoori oven used for some meals. As the majority of meals in India are vegetable based, there is a good selection of vegetarian dishes here. Gluten free choices were marked on the menu. When I enquired about one meal, I was told they can also thicken it with a little cornflour. Kitchens need to learn that the product with the name on the packet of "cornflour" in Australia, is actually made from wheat. For a GF corn-based thickener, you need to use maize flour, or perhaps arrowroot or other. After some discussion, I opted for the mango chicken that came in a rich creamy sauce, and as this was a mild selection, it had just the right amount of masala (spices) for my liking. The wary diner who is not liking such spicy food will be well catered to here. The curries are made to Australian palates and you can increase the hotness to your liking. Besides, the very hot curries come from the south of India and the cuisine at this restaurant is not from this region.
Interior view of Harvest of India. Image by Out and About
The dessert menu is nothing exciting and hence no-one ordered dessert. It would be good to see some traditional small sweet selections on offer here, such as served in India. Sweets in India are more like small cakes or cut up pieces of large trays of slices made from a rich concoction of nuts, honey and spices. They are similar to Greek sweets like baklava, but with a different taste. A sweet treat platter to share with coffee would be a popular final touch to dining here.
Exterior of restaurant. Image by Out and About.
The service was good and the meals did not take long to prepare, after it took us at least 45 minutes of drinks, chatting and trying to decide what to eat. This restaurant would make an ideal stop for a quick dinner after a day out in the Barossa. Drive along the main street towards Willaston and exit there for easy trip home on the Northern Expressway.